Dee Dee Ramone

Best known as the founding bassist of New York City punk icons the Ramones, Dee Dee Ramone was also a solo recording artist, painter, and writer. Born Douglas Colvin on September 18, 1951, in Ft. Lee, Virginia, the future Ramone grew up in Berlin, Germany (due to his father's Army career) and his main interest became collecting Third Reich memorabilia. But by the time he was a teenager, his family had relocated to Queens, New York, where Colvin developed an interest in rock music (the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix) and picked up the guitar. But eventually, Colvin turned to the seedier side of life, developing an addiction to heroin that would continue to plague him for years, and supporting his habit with street hustling.

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